Laura McNeill’s Center of Gravity

Tea Cakes and Whiskey welcomes Laura McNeil for a talk about her new novel, Center of Gravity. Laura will be having a book signing at Carpe Diem in Mobile on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:00 pm.  Website | Blog |  Twitter | Pre-Order On AmazonPinterest | Goodreads | Instagram | Facebook |   I am especially excited about today’s guest. Mobile writer, Laura McNeill, has agreed to sit down and discuss her new novel – Center of Gravity. I’ve known Laura for several years. We met through a mutual friend and bonded over her second novel, Dancing Naked in Dixie, a rollicking love…

Songs for a Crazy Christmas

We all have Holiday rituals. Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, I begin the season by listening to Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album. I rock out to Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me and Santa Claus is Back in Town. Then I shed a few tears when I listen to Blue Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and If Everyday was Like Christmas. Next, it’s on to The Carpenters’ Christmas Portrait and Merry Christmas Darling along with their wonderful renditions of classics like Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open…

A Little Summer Joy with The Excelsior Band

As the heat and humidity has been ridiculously off the charts this week, I’ve been looking for a little diversion. The public library is the perfect place to get in out of the heat and enjoy the entertainment offered during their Summer Reading Program. The famed Excelsior Band has been making the library rounds this week and the program was especially entertaining. The Excelsior Band was established in 1883. Many of the current members have been playing with the band for 40+ years. I knew it would be great. I’ve…

Red Clay Readers Take on Robert Inman’s Home Fires Burning

I’ve been reading the summer selections of the Red Clay Readers, AL.com’s on-line book club. Today I’d like to share my review of Alabamian, Robert Inman’s, first novel, Home Fires Burning. When Jessica Sawyer Rigby first approached me to write the review, I was excited because I met Inman at the Alabama Writer’s Symposium a few months ago and attended a wonderful discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird featuring Inman, Mark Childress and Jeanie Thompson. After reading the book, I’ve become a fan of Inman and can’t wait to read his other…

Jumping on the Wagon: Hayride2

What could be more thrilling than watching a movie premiere with the actors, director and producers sitting in the same theater? How about watching that movie at The Crescent Theater when one of the stars of the show is the city of Mobile itself? Last Tuesday, June 12, writer/director, Terron Parsons, premiered his movie, Hayride 2, to an enthusiastic audience of 180 and followed the premiere with an after-party at Sky View Lounge.   Though I’m not generally a horror/slasher film fanatic, I’ve seen a good bit of the genre…